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We talk to our students about class rules and computer rules, we also need to have 'Online Rules'

Our wiki/blog is an extension of our Classroom space.

Never EVER give out or record personal information on your wiki/blog.

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Don’t give out your phone number or home address.

Your blog is a public space. Be sure that anything you write is something you are proud of.

Never link to something you haven’t read.

Take good care of our computers by not downloading or installing any software without permission, and not clicking on ads or competitions.


This is an example of a 'Wiki Promise' I designed for a class of Year 6 students this year. It was posted on the front page of the Wiki and we would refer to it frequently. There is also a print out displayed on the classroom wall.

Students were also invited to offer more 'promises' as they thought of them. Some students came up with their own ideas that we discussed.






Rules for computers

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Kids as Commentators

More and more students are being invited and given access to online discussions, forums and comments on blogs. This is wonderful, the classroom walls are open and children have the freedom to make observations and remarks on other student's posts. Consequently, it is important for teachers to train children in the 'art' of commenting. There are several rules of netiquette they need to follow. They have to understand that this is an extension of the classroom walls and that rules that they follow in the classroom cross over to their behaviour in online environments. Here is guide to start students off as online commentators. Use this as a springboard for talking about the type of comments we make, what are good questions and answers for forums and discussions, and most of all how this is a fun, engaging, collaborative extension of our learning.